Michael Bell

 

Bio/CV

 

 

Bio

Michael Bell is a Newcastle based artist who has been creating and exhibiting his artwork for over 40 years.Bell has held 24 solo shows in Sydney and Newcastle and has participated in over 200 group shows.

He has produced various t-shirt designs, graphics and posters for the iconic surf label MAMBO and ABC radio’s Triple J. Bell was a regular exhibitor with Sydney gallerist Ray Hughes for over 22 years until the gallery’s closure in late 2015.

Michael has been hung in twice in The Archibald Prize and four times in The Sulman Prize at the AGNSW, Sydney. Michael’s paintings have also been selected eight times for The Salon des Refuse at The S.H. Ervin Gallery  - including a self portrait in 2018 currently on show.

Bell’s work is held in many collections including The Australian National Gallery Canberra, Newcastle Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

 

 

 

Solo Shows

 

2017    Double Vision, Curve Gallery, Newcastle

2015    studio head, ASW Newcastle

2014    99 Fountains, Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2013    From Goat Island to Rome, ASW Newcastle

2012    Berlin/Newcastle-collaborative woodcut prints with Menno Fahl

            Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2010    Linocuts, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2009    Head space Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

2008    Incredible Night Crawler Podspace, Newcastle

            Homeland Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

2006    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

2004    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

2003    The Sydney Opera House Studio

2003    The Damien Minton Gallery Newcastle

2003    Everything old is new again: 20 year survey show

             Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2002    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

2000    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

1997    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

1995    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

1993    Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

1987    Seven Deadly Sins Newcastle Contemporary Gallery

1985    City of Newcastle artist in residence exhibition

             Newcastle Region Art Gallery

1983       Brave New Smile Gallery 62 Newcastle

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 2018    Look out! Your collection. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

               Salon des Refuse S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney

 

 

 2017    The Year in Preview The New Standard Gallery, Sydney

               The Phantom Show Newcastle Art Gallery and touring

               Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery

 

 2016    Paris/Hunter Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

              KRAZY KUNST Megalo Print + Gallery, Canberra, ACT

              Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery

 

 2015    Art Bender, The Lock-up,  Newcastle

              Michael Bell & Menno Fahl - KRAZY KUNST Maitland Regional Art Gallery

              Mambo-31 years of Shelf Indulgence, Newcastle Art Gallery

              The Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery

 

2014    Novocastria, Newcastle Art Gallery

             Woodcuts with Menno Fahl, Galerie Horst Dietrich, Berlin, Germany

             The Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery

             The St. George Art Prize, Hurstville Gallery

             Wild Side: the animal in art, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

             The Phantom Show Australian Galleries, Sydney

 

2013     Summer Trading, Hughes Gallery Sydney

              Menno Fahl, Michael Bell Galerie El, Lubeck, Germany

              Graenselandsudstillingen 2013, Denmark

              Naked & Nude, Manning Region Art Gallery, Taree

              Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council, Woollahra

         

2012    Fresh from the studio Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

             Australian landscape painters Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

2011     Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize PLC Sydney

              Citizen Collectors, Hawkesbury One Group, Newcastle Art Gallery

2010    China Song, University of Newcastle

             The Cricket Art Prize, (Winner) Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

2009   The Salon des refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney

            Thinking Aloud  Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

            Taronga Foundation Sotheby's, Sydney

            Animal Instinct Newcastle Region Art Gallery

            Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council

            Quirky, Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2008   Who let the dogs out? Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Hazlehurst Art

            Gallery

            Surface: contemporary ceramics Newcastle Region Art Gallery

            The Salon des refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney

            Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2007   The Salon des refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney

             Thinking Allowed Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

2006   SWELL Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

             Kilgour Prize Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2005   Muswellbrook Art Prize (winner) Muswellbrook Art Gallery

             Sulman Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney

             The Salon des refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney

             Dog Trumpet Michael Nagy Gallery Sydney

2004   The Salon des refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney

             Illos newcontemporaries gallery Sydney

2003   The Salon des refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney 

             The Anne Von Bertouch collection Newcastle Region Art Gallery  

             Fifty Years of Australian Ceramics Newcastle Region Art Gallery                       

2002   The Damien Minton Gallery, Newcastle             

2001   The Archibald Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales and touring            

             The Sulman Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales

             Dobell+ company Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery  

2000   The Archibald Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales and touring   

             Thinking Aloud Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

              Naturally University of Tasmania Hobart

 1999   The Sulman Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales      

 1998   Recent Acquisitions Newcastle Region Art Gallery     

 1997   Australian Prints from the Collection Newcastle Region Art Gallery    

 1995   It’s a guitar shaped world Tamworth City Art Gallery    

            The Salon des refuse S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney   

 1994   The Sulman Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney     

            Fresh from the studio Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney  

            Paint on the tracks S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney 

            Still life Ray Hughes Gallery Brisbane

            The Tickle, The Sting The University of New South Wales Sydney   

 1993   The Moet & Chandon touring exhibition   

            Invitation art Prize, The University of Newcastle

           The drawing show Ray Hughes Gallery Brisbane Hughes Gallery Brisbane

 

 

Collections

 

 

Australian National Gallery Canberra

The National Library of Australia, Canberra

Newcastle Art Gallery

Maitland City Art Gallery

Muswellbrook Art Gallery

The University of Newcastle

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Manning Region Art Gallery, Taree

The Hunter Institute

Private collections, Australia, New Zealand, Holland

 

 

 Residencies: 

2007  Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (AGNSW)

2008  Hill End, Bathurst Region Art Gallery

2009 Taronga Zoo, Sydney

2011   Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

2018  The Hua Hin Contemporary International Artist Residency, Thailand